DAY: 6TH SEP, 2014
It was not a usual sight for us, seeing our seniors, folding their pants carrying heavy luggage on their heads walking in knee level water to save their stuff, and then we went in to help them, we helped almost everyone from dal hostel in saving their luggage. We still thought that it was just a normal problem of lake overflowing because of rain and will be fine by tomorrow when the water will recede, that what the technical thing of an upcoming engineer tells them to find the technical explanation of things going on. We went to our rooms which now was not just our rooms were sharing our hostel(Chenab) with our seniors and the stress of network not showing up in phones started to grow in.
Then like any other bunch of college students everyone was thinking and talking about all the possible solutions to the problem, that what engineers do, when we heard the outbreak that water hasn’t stopped and instead is vigorously increasing and that’s when the problem started for our another batch of seniors living in Tawi hostel, our hostels are named after rivers that was ironically the disastrous flood in Kashmir, tawi is a totally ground based hostel and hence we knew that if the water will not stop, everything in that hostel is going to get washed away, our seniors started to move their stuff to another hostels preferably mine which was Chenab , coz it was near and has 2 floors, which was expected not to get hit by the water much, I sometimes wonder, I was so foolish to under estimate the power of Nature back then.
Our seniors were moving their stuff to rooms in Chenab and staying there as a prevention, we all were in Chenab which was much like a fish market by then, sound of people chattering, screaming each others name, searching for their stuff and much more, Everyone thought that the water is not going to affect much , so do our college administration. The rate of water rising was not so abrupt , it was as silent as a cobra when its waiting for its prey to get in range. We didn’t had any lunch that afternoon , and it was evening by then , some of my friends and me went to canteen to eat something, and then returned back to room, it was more than a day for everyone since the last time they called home.
It was not the worry of seeing and facing this shortage of food and lack of entertainment that was clearly showing on students face, but it was the thought that “how much worried their parents and for me, my mom would be?”